A special Beam: Another area distillery making sanitizer

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CLERMONT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Call it an extra special variety of Jim Beam.

Beam Suntory, the distillery that makes Jim Beam and a wide variety of other spirits, started turning out alcohol-based sanitizer Tuesday to supplement supplies to the medical community and first responders who are fighting to the coronavirus epidemic.

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The production is at Beam Suntory’s Clermont campus. The global leader in premium spirits hopes to produce at least 5,000 1.7-liter bottles per week.

The company also donated neutral alcohol, bottles and closures to the University of Kentucky where its on-campus pharmacy is making hand sanitizer for the university’s hospital.

Earlier Beam Suntory committed $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts.